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Monday, May 23

  1. msg Question 3 message posted Question 3 I agree with Andrew that the government should have helped to discuss the terms of the end of the s…
    Question 3
    I agree with Andrew that the government should have helped to discuss the terms of the end of the strike with both sides. Also that they need to do more to protect the workers and to help them gain more rights at their place of work.
    8:09 pm
  2. msg Question 3 message posted Question 3 I agree with the response of the government in all of the strikes. If the government allowed the st…
    Question 3
    I agree with the response of the government in all of the strikes. If the government allowed the strikes to go on it would have caused some serious problems. With the strikes involving rail roads, transportation of people and goods would have been slowed making things problematic. With the Homestead Strike, almost the entire western Pennsylvania economy revolved around the steel industry and that was essentially shut down by that strike. When strikes break out the government should get involved and stop the strike before they can become violent and problematic.
    8:05 pm
  3. msg Question 2 message posted Question 2 I agree with what Siobhan is saying about how the strikes gave the workers some media and put the o…
    Question 2
    I agree with what Siobhan is saying about how the strikes gave the workers some media and put the owners in a negative light. This really helped their cause by helping them gain the support of the public, which can have a huge impact on a company.
    7:44 pm
  4. msg Question 2 message posted Question 2 The strikes were successful in getting the workers points across. They were able to successfully ta…
    Question 2
    The strikes were successful in getting the workers points across. They were able to successfully take over and shut down a part of the company they worked for. While their control may not have lasted very long, they showed that they were for real and that they were wiling to really fight for what they believed in. Also the strikes caused problems for the people they worked for, production was slowed or in some cases stopped completely, causing the owners to lose lots of money.
    The strikes were unsuccessful because the workers never actually got what they wanted when they went on strike in the first place. They never got higher wages or more realistic hours. Also the strikes almost always ended with death and injury to the workers.
    7:38 pm
  5. msg Question 1 message posted Question 1 I agree with Andrew about how wage cuts and the depressions which had already occured contributed a…
    Question 1
    I agree with Andrew about how wage cuts and the depressions which had already occured contributed a lot to the cause of the strikes. Also I agree that the unions being taken out really allowed the workers to unite for a common cause.
    8:37 am
  6. msg Question 1 message posted Question 1 One common thing I noticed in all of the strikes is the cause of them. They were mostly caused by t…
    Question 1
    One common thing I noticed in all of the strikes is the cause of them. They were mostly caused by the fact that the owners were treating the workers poorly through wage cuts and harsh hours, which upset the workers. Another thing I noticed was that in both the Great Rail Road Strike of 1877 and the Pullman Strike of 1894 some sort of economic depression was directly related to the strike. The workers reacted pretty much the same in all of the strikes, by trying to take control of where they worked and slowing down the productivity of it, but this was only effective for a short period of time. In terms of the owners, they usually tried to replace the workers with workers who were not part of a union, and when that didn't work they would ask for the help of local or federal troops. As for the government, they only got involved if the strike got out of hand and they were really needed. There are a few commonalities between the workers in each of the strikes. One was that they were being wronged by their owners because of pay cuts and being forced out of their unions, and they had the right to be angry about it. Another is that they came together to fight for their rights even if they weren't a part of a union. The last one if that in the end the workers ended up loosing and going back to their jobs.
    8:31 am

Sunday, May 22

  1. msg Question 2 message posted Question 2 I agree with Andrew when he said, “The business owners lost millions of dollars in property damage …
    Question 2
    I agree with Andrew when he said, “The business owners lost millions of dollars in property damage as well as sales.” The strikers in the Great Railroad Strike completely tore apart the railroad lines and stations. The Company had to then had to spend a lot of money repairing the railroad.
    8:23 pm
  2. msg Question 3 message posted Question 3 I agree with what Siobhan is saying. The government should most definitely have gotten involved to …
    Question 3
    I agree with what Siobhan is saying. The government should most definitely have gotten involved to attempt to break up the strike because the country is governed by certain laws people are supposed to follow. Of course, death is not exactly a reasonable punishment for these strikers and the government should have tried to find a way to stop them in a more peaceful sense, as Siobhan said.
    8:19 pm
  3. msg Question 3 message posted Question 3 I agree with Sarah that it was not good when the government became involved and used violent measur…
    Question 3
    I agree with Sarah that it was not good when the government became involved and used violent measures. However I also disagree with her because I feel the government troops should be in use during these situations. If strikers, such as the strikers in the Great Railroad Strike, destroy property and become destructive it will also cause hysteria. However if the government troops come in a threaten, not kill, there the strikers may be more peaceful.
    8:18 pm
  4. msg Question 2 message posted Question 2 I agree with some of what Sarah is saying. They were somewhat unsuccessful in the sense that not mu…
    Question 2
    I agree with some of what Sarah is saying. They were somewhat unsuccessful in the sense that not much immediate progress was really made overall, though some progress was made in a few individual strikes. The fact that the government was forced to resort to violence to stop the strikes and many people were killed, something that shouldn't be considered too successful.
    8:14 pm

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